Dean for College Advancement
Dean for College Advancement
Wabash College is a private four-year liberal arts college for men located in the welcoming community of Crawfordsville, Indiana, just an hour northwest of Indianapolis. It enjoys a strong enrollment and outstanding financial management, a regional and national reputation for academic excellence and social engagement, and a beautiful campus. Achieving its mission to educate men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely, Wabash College sends its graduates out into the world prepared to pursue personal success and to work for the common good. Today, the college is one of only three traditional all-men’s colleges in the United States. Under the leadership of new President Gregory Hess, Wabash College seeks to exemplify the distinct advantages of a private, liberal arts education for men.
The Dean for College Advancement (Dean) provides overall leadership and direction for fundraising, alumni programs, and donor relations and stewardship for the college. S/he has primary responsibility for raising private, philanthropic funds through a wide range of fundraising initiatives, including building a larger base of non-alumni support. The Dean will be responsible for creating and implementing a multi-year action plan to strengthen and grow a 2013 CASE Award-winning Advancement Office, while at the same time setting new levels of expectation for fundraising, alumni programs, and development operations. The Dean will report to and work closely with the president, strategically partnering with him to take the development program to new and unprecedented levels never before seen in the college’s history. An active and thoroughly engaged board of trustees, along with a strong senior leadership team, stands ready to support the new Dean in creating an enhanced culture of philanthropy that invigorates the alumni population while simultaneously attracting significant non-alumni support for the college’s unique mission and renowned programs.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of seven years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas of development and leadership of a major capital campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion), with the demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience. S/he will have a demonstrated track record of successful frontline fundraising for an institution of higher education, not-for-profit organization, or other environment of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders. Previous leadership experience in higher education is preferred. S/he will possess hands-on major and principal gift experience, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and alumni affairs and annual fund strategies for grooming the next generation of leadership donors. Success in securing gifts from both defined and undefined constituencies is required. S/he will have particular strength in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans, executing against these plans to achieve goals and objectives, developing fundraising strategies, and creating and managing a budget is critical. In addition, the successful candidate will have knowledge of the culture of academic institutions and in particular that of Wabash College, and a natural inclination to embrace a college community steeped in tradition, perseverance, loyalty, spirit, and egalitarianism.
A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree and strong academic credentials that will credible to donors and alumni are preferred.
Inquiries, nominations and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
275 Madison Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10016